Sunday, 24 April 2016

A much fresher day than of late with a brisk wind at times, though still largely pleasant and dry. In a day with a few surprises around none was more tantalising than that of a large Falcon flushed from the South End in the morning before lost to view flying quickly around Pen Cristin. The bird seemed to exhibit features of a grey morph Gyrfalcon but views were inconclusive and too brief. Despite thorough searching it was unable to be relocated.

A female Cuckoo spotted in the Wetlands was the first to be recorded this year and a Hooded Crow toured The Narrows and South End. At least three Ring Ouzels still lurk on the island continuing the fine run of late whilst two Firecrests were logged.

The lingering Bar-tailed Godwit continues to be the highlight wader-wise though there was decent backup of four Ringed Plovers, eight Purple Sandpipers, four Dunlins, 27 Whimbrels, one Curlew, one Redshank, and 11 Turnstones. The best of the rest include three Sand Martins, 37 Swallows, five House Martins, three White Wagtails, 38 Wheatears, one Grasshopper Warbler, four Whitethroats, 12 Blackcaps, eight Chiffchaffs, 30 Willow Warblers, nine Goldcrests, seven Siskins, 26 Goldfinches, three Lesser Redpolls, 140 Linnets, and five Common Scoters.

The year's first Cuckoo was this smart female seen in the wetlands, although I doubt whether the local Meadow Pipits gave it a chance to sneak an egg into anyone's nest

A Gorse Shieldbug (Piezodorus lituratus) and its peculiar-looking eggs

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